Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D-Roselle) wants the legislature to create a commission to study the health impacts of 5G technology.
“My constituents have expressed some deep concerns about the potential health impacts of these antennas, especially in high-density communities like Elizabeth and Union Township,” Holley said. “We need to analyze the involuntary exposure of citizens to 5G technology, especially without their express knowledge or consent of the potential health impacts.”
5G operates in much the same way that other wireless cell services, like 3G and 4G, do but over a greater range of frequencies.
Most 5G signals will operate in the same ranges as older wireless services, though high-band networks, the networks with the fastest speeds and the most bandwidth, will operate higher frequencies.
Experts say there’s nothing to fear from 5G. The high-band frequencies — those exclusive to the newer technology — require a larger number of towers because they cannot penetrate walls, plants and human skin. Only the most densely-populated areas of the country are expected to receive high-band 5G service.
“I am not taking a position on 5G until I have more information,” the assemblyman said. “My concern is the overall body of evidence concerning the potential health impacts of wireless radio wave radiation. It is inconclusive and lacking in high-quality research. We need further study and consideration to help shape appropriate regulatory policies that best protect New Jerseyans.”